TV: ‘Bank of Dave’ up for Scottish BAFTA award

SUCCESS STORY: Sabden entrepreneur David Fishwick whose new banking concept turned him into a TV star
SUCCESS STORY: Sabden entrepreneur David Fishwick whose new banking concept turned him into a TV star

LARGER-THAN-LIFE Burnley businessman David Fishwick could be set to bag a top TV award.

Mr Fishwick is in line for a Scottish BAFTA for his hit show “Bank of Dave” in which he took on the goliaths of British banking.

The Channel 4 documentary saw him become an overnight TV sensation as he set up Burnley Savings and Loans in his hometown.

Now “Bank of Dave” could be honoured in the “features and factual entertainment” category at this year’s BAFTAs in Scotland.

The show will come up against “Antiques Road Trip” and “Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge” at the awards ceremony in Glasgow today.

Victory at the Scottish BAFTAs could see “Bank of Dave” in with a chance of an award at the British BAFTAs.

Mr Fishwick said: “I am incredibly honoured just to be nominated for the award. I don’t know if anyone from Burnley has won a BAFTA before. It is exciting stuff – and a bit surreal. It has been a team effort behind the Bank of Dave. All the producers and TV crews and people in the Bank of Dave and at the garage have a part in this.

“We are up against some really big names. It is incredibly humbling just to be asked along.”

The success of the show has gone global with news coverage around the world from Russian and German TV to Al Jazeera in the Middle East.

An extended four-part “Bank of Dave” series was premiered by American network CNBC showing Mr Fishwick’s work in his hometown of Burnley.

The show was first broadcast last Saturday on the network which boasts more than 390 million viewers worldwide.

Mr Fishwick is currently filming for the next instalment of the “Bank of Dave” programme on Channel 4.